Laura Cook ('2013) | Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
Home State: Minnesota
Current Residence: New York, New York
Current Employer: Summer 2012 Intern, The Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C.
Brief description of your responsibilities: Assisting a graduate level professor with research and class preparation, attending and reporting on think tank lectures, performing administrative tasks, conducting independent research project on a national security issue
Best part of job: Regularly being introduced to and lectured by prominent figures in the armed forces, national security policy, and intelligence agencies, and being able to hear both their life experiences and career advice.
Any relevant past experience: Teaching assistant to Professor Bearden Coleman
How has your King’s education prepared you for this role?: I came into this position with a PPE background, which gave me a broad knowledge base upon which I was able to build with the more specified education I gained this summer in the areas of national security and intelligence. The Institute of World Politics shares a very similar educational philosophy with King’s, so I was able to easily integrate myself into the Institute. Being at King’s also prepared me for working in a professional environment with firm dress code and behavioral standards.
What are your plans after graduation?: My future plans may include work in the field of national security strategy, and I would likely attend the Institute of World Politics as a graduate student in order to prepare for such a role. This internship gave me both an extensive look at the Institute and an on-the-ground introduction to field of national security.
Favorite Books: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, The Art of Intelligence by Ambassador Henry Crumpton, The Orthodox Way by Bishop Kallistos Ware, All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
Favorite Music: Cartel, Feist, Mumford and Sons, Celtic music
Surprising fact: I hope to become a published novelist.
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